Colonel Lysenko: 43 militants’ attacks registered in Donetsk sector yesterday, one in three involves use of heavy armor


Kyiv, March 27, 2016. Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire between Stanytsia Luhanska and Shchastia in the Luhansk sector yesterday. ATO troops registered 43 militants’ attacks in Donetsk sector. Moreover, one in three assaults involved use of heavy armor.Militats used 122-mm howitzers in Zaitseve-Mayorsk the area nearby the contact line, launching about 160 shells. Moreover, Russia-backed militant groups used mortar launchers in the vicinity of Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Leninske, Avdiivka and Opytne. They launched more than 200 mortar bombs. “Four militants’ attacks took place in the Mariupol sector. A sniper was working in Maryinka and a 82-mm mortar launchers was used by militants in Shyrokyne,” informed Colonel Andriy Lysenko, Presidential Administration spokesperson on ATO related issues, at a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.


Ukrainian Armed Forces incur no losses in combat yesterday but four troops were wounded.

According to Col. Lysenko, Ukraine’s Security Service officers detained a pro-Russian militant in Kramatorsk. The local inhabitant joined Russia-backed militant group in spring 2014 and kept armed watch at checkpoints. Due to non-payment of money and extortion he abandoned the arms and came back home where he was hiding from law enforcements. “On the contrary, another former militant joined the program “You are waited for at home” and returned to his family. A resident of Sloviansk joined Russia-backed militant group in 2014.Having received weapons, he was inspecting vehicles at checkpoints, digging trenches, building firing positions and unloading ammunition. After a time, he understood all the hypocrisy of the ‘Russkiy Mir’ ideas and came to the territory controlled by Ukraine, joining the program “You are waited for at home”, informed the spokesman.